Home Run Derby contestants announced

Who are you rooting for in the Home Run Derby?

7/9/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Jul 3, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after striking out in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY SportsThe Home Run Derby rosters have been announced, for the most part, hometown favorite David Wright is already taking a little heat from rival Phillies fans about omitting Domonic Brown.

At least this time Wright will be representing the home team, and there won't be boos raining down on the derby like last year, when AL captain Robinson Cano left KC Royals slugger Billy Butler off the team. That incited the anger of Kansas City fans, who are probably STILL a little bitter at Cano for the perceived snub.

Wright chose Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper along with a pair of Colorado Rockies sluggers in Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.

Harper and Gonzalez weren't exactly surprises, but Cuddyer was viewed as a bit of an unconventional pick. The 34-year-old is making only his 2nd All-Star appearance, and has never appeared in a Derby in his entire 13-year career.

Wright justified his pick by saying that Cuddyer is a good friend of his, and a very underrated player:

"I grew up with Michael. I think that he's one of the more underrated players in the game. And, obviously, the friendship had something to do with it. And his production had a lot to do with it. You're talking about a guy that's got 15 or 16 homers. He had a 27-game hitting streak. For me, that was my choice."

Also, I'm sure Wright doesn't mind ruffling Phillies' fans feathers by leaving out their player in Domonic Brown, who was thought to be a contender for the Derby.

On the American League side, Cano still hasn't picked his last player. Prince Fielder and Chris Davis were his first two choices, and they're pretty obvious ones. Fielder is the defending champ, and Davis is leading the league by a handful of homers.

Cano will be letting the fans vote for the final player, choosing between Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion and Raul Ibanez. Who do you think should win the final AL derby spot?
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7/10/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Just not a fan of the HR derby.  It's fun the first round and that is it.  

7/9/13   |   Jess   |   35096 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Yoenis Cespedes will be the last participant.

HATE that guy! (only because he kicks our butts)

7/9/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Yoenis Cespedes will be the last participant.

7/9/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

The correct answer to this question is "no one." That being said, Miguel Cabrera is wayyyyy to good to waste his time with the home run derby.

7/9/13   |   Jess   |   35096 respect

Raul Ibanez should get it. I may be biased, but...

7/9/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2796 respect

After his postseason last year, I would say Raul Ibanez.  Of course if he wins, I am sure Bud Selig and his band of steroid cops will be all over Ibanez accusing him of using.